Many states have been affected by severe weather this spring Wind and rain can cause significant damage, not only to the structures of our homes, but our possessions inside Severe weather can cause power outages and power surges, not to mention flooding, structural damage, and fires.
If you have to replace one or more of your appliances (for any reason), you might want to see if your state offers a rebate program.
I live in Connecticut Our is one of 14 states participating in the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program The Federal Government gave Connecticut $3.4 million to use for this program The program started January 25, 2010 and will run out when the funds are used up So if you are thinking about replacing that old appliance for a more efficient one, or you lost one in the storm damage, this is the time to consider buying something new.
This program is designed to stimulate the economy with sales that will help retailers and to provide you with a more efficient appliance that will lower you energy usage (therefore lower you utility bill) For Connecticut details go to www.ct.gov/opm/ApplianceRebates If you live in another state, check your state’s website for more information.
In Connecticut, you could get the following:
- Clothes washer $100 rebate
- Refrigerator $50 rebate
- Freezer $50 rebate
- Room Air Conditioning units $50 rebate
- Central Air units $500 rebate
You are allowed one appliance per each home (except for room air condition units – you are allowed 3 for each home).
Only buy an appliance if you can afford it or if you know your insurance company will be reimbursing you for your claim Buying something because of a rebate or sale that you don’t need or can’t afford is not doing you any good Before you buy, consider how you will pay for it This is one of those things that you should have money in your savings account for, not put it on a credit card and make minimum payments for years to come.